What is the purpose of this research?

We’re asking you to participate in this project to better understand the experiences of individuals who have been arrested and have later found a record of that information publicly. Despite the fact that millions of people are arrested each year in the US, it’s only been in recent years that these records have been made so readily available. We want to know how people navigate their public identities, relationships and roles in light of this publicly available information.

Do I have to participate in this study?

No, your participation is completely voluntary and you can decide to stop participating at any time, without any penalty. In addition, you do not have to answer any question you do not wish to either. Please say, “I would rather not answer that” and the interviewer will quickly move on to the next question.

How long will the interview take?

This interview should take no longer than 60 minutes and in it, you will be asked about your life experiences. The interview will be audio-recorded and transcribed. Everything you share will be held strictly confidential.

Are my responses confidential? 


How will information about my participation be kept confidential?

Your name and any other personally identifiable information will not be linked to you in either the transcript of the interview or in the text of any publications that may result from this study in any way.

Who can I contact if I have questions about this research?

You may contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Danielle Dirks, at 323-259-2758 or dirks@oxy.edu, with any questions or concerns about the research or your participation in this study. You may also contact the Occidental College Institutional Review Board (1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041) at hsrrc@oxy.edu if you have any questions or concerns about your rights while participating in this study.